[Pan American Clipper]
CHINA CLIPPER (Pan American Airways) flying over Oakland and Alameda (California) and through incomplete towers of San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge and through towers of Golden Gate Bridge; also scenes of Clipper over San Francisco.
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Aerial shot of a plane flying over San FranciscoÑwe see the city, Alcatraz, and Marin. The plane flies over the beginnings of the Golden Gate bridgeÑonly the main pillars stand across from one another.
Airplanes Aviation Passenger aircraft San Francisco Bay Area
Subject: Pan American Clipper - not China Clipper
The Pan American Clipper is an S-42 Sikorski flying boat. Pan Am Captain Ed Musick flew this airplane on the survey flights to establish vital in-flight date to support the M-130 Martin Flying Boat, The China Clipper. Most likely taken in March 1935, Musick flew the Pan Am Clipper on long endurance flights in and around San Francisco Bay.
The intent was to prove that the Clipper had the endurance to make the 2,400 mile hope to Hawaii. To date only about seven aircraft had ever made that flight successfully before Ed Musick made the attempt in April 1935.
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Subject: The Clipper can even fly upside down!
Subject: China Clipper film
Aside from being an inportant part of Pan American's fleet, the S-42 is the type of aircraft that thier chief pilot, Captain Musick proved most of thier pacific routes in. On some of these flights, his navigator was Fred Noonan who was later lost on the Amelia Earhart flight.